Author Archives: Paul Ndiho

DIGITAL PAYMENTS IN AFRICA

Mobile money companies in Africa are playing an important role in accelerating the use of digital financial services. Telecommunications operators have become major financial players with their “mobile money” networks providing essential banking services to tens of millions over cell phones.
A United Nations agency, Better Than Cash Alliance, works with governments, businesses, and international organizations to accelerate cash to digital payments.
For more, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Lucy Nshuti Mbabazi, head of Advocacy and partnerships, “Better Than Cash Alliance” is based in Kigali Rwanda.

COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE CENTER IN RURAL UGANDA

Nearly 303,000 women die worldwide because of complications of pregnancy and childbirth every year. According to UNICEF’s latest data, in Uganda, Maternal Mortality Rate is one of the highest.
In memory of his mother, who died of childbirth complications, James Musinguzi, a trained lab technician, quit his job and moved back to his village in Kitagwenda District, Western Uganda, to launch a community healthcare center to help women like his mother, who died of childbirth complications.
My colleague Paul Ndiho spoke to James Musinguzi, the founder of Gertrude Memorial Community Center in Kigwenda District.

PETRO APP – BRINGING TECHNOLOGY INTO NIGERIA’S OIL SECTOR

Nigeria is one of the largest oil producers in Africa. The oil and gas sector accounts for more than 90% of the country’s exports and 80% of the federal government’s revenue. However, the industry has many challenges and has difficulty adapting to new technology.
A new mobile application, “Petro App,” tries to disrupt and expose sharp practices in the oil sector and enable downstream marketers in Nigeria to make fundamental business decisions.
For more, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho spoke to Andre Bassey, managing director, Axiom Tech Ltd, the Creators of the Petro App.

A UGANDAN FILM STREAMING ON NETFLIX

A report released earlier this year by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) says the film industry in Africa could be a new game-changer. With projected revenue of about 20 billion dollars, the industry will likely create 20 million jobs.
In Uganda, “The Girl in the Yellow Jumper,” produced and directed by Loukman Ali, started streaming on Netflix this Christmas Holiday.
For more, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho spoke to Loukman Ali, a Ugandan screenwriter, film director, and producer, about his new deal with Netflix.

INVESTING IN SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES SMEs

In Africa, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) provide an estimated 80 percent of jobs across the continent, representing an essential driver of economic growth. For these businesses to grow and create more jobs, they need capital. But only a small number have access to a bank loan or line of credit.
In Uganda, Hiinga, a Christian Faith Driven Impact Investing Fund, is changing that narrative by investing directly in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho spoke to Andy Kristian Agaba, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Hinga, based in Kampala, Uganda.

TURNING WASTE INTO ECO-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS

Going green is a buzzword that is generating headlines across the globe. One could even argue that its relevance in the fashion industry cannot be overstated, given that fashion is a significant source of pollution worldwide.

In Zambia, a young award-winning social entrepreneur is leveraging technology to transform plastic waste into eco-friendly sanitary pads, earrings, and construction materials.

Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to

Mwinji Nakamba, Founder and CEO, Wastemat Zambia, based in Lusaka.

USING TECHNOLOGY TO EMPOWER PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

December 3rd is the annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons proclaimed in 1992 by UN General Assembly.

Approximately 15 percent of the world’s population live with a disability; 80 percent live in developing countries.

In Nigeria, an Initiative for National Growth Africa is leveraging technology to offer STEM programs, career training for people with disabilities, and advocating for policies that impact people with disabilities.

For more insight, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Racheal Inegbedion, Founder, Initiative for National Growth Africa in Lagos, Nigeria.

TURNING SHEA BETTER INTO BEAUTY PRODUCTS

A Ugandan entrepreneur Maxima Nsimenta quit her corporate job in the Oil and Gas Industry in the DRC and moved back to her home country to launch a lifestyle brand – Livara, a collection of natural hair products, nails, and hair salons. What started us as a small online business has now expanded to several Livara outlets in the city.
For more insight, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Maxima Nsimenta, Founder and CEO, Livara in Kampala, Uganda.

RECOGNIZING INDIVIDUALS IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP

From startups to established business leaders in every industry, South Africa is one of Africa’s best countries to do business. Entrepreneurs are helping to drive innovation and job creation.
This year, Vessels of Virtue, a Johannesburg-based social enterprise, recognizes individuals in entrepreneurship, innovation &technology from around the continent.

For More, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Precious Nyarambi, Founder and CEO, Vessels of Virtue in Johannesburg, South Africa.

TEACHING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TECH SKILLS IN GHANA

A recent study by the African Development Bank says less than 25% of African higher education students pursue STEM-related career fields. This potentially means the African continent has some catching up to do with the rest of the world.
But there is some good news in Ghana. A youth-led – Elevate Network goes directly to high schools across the country, encouraging students to pursue entrepreneurship and STEM-related fields.
For more, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Evans Ofori, Founder, Elevate Network, in Accra, Ghana.

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